“Tebow Time” in St. Lucie has been exactly what the Mets had hoped for.
Tim Tebow hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire with his minor-league performance, but that isn’t the reason he’s in the organization.
The real reason is as a star attraction, and it’s paying off. The outfielder has helped Class-A St. Lucie set a single-season attendance record already, and there’s still a week in the minor league season to go, according to a report from TCPalm.
“It’s been an incredible buzz and energy he has brought, especially for the timing when he arrived here, too. (Late June) the weather is hotter and it rains a lot more frequently,” St. Lucie Mets general manager Traer Van Allen told TCPalm. “The impact he has had is huge.”
According to the report, attendance in St. Lucie averaged a tad over 1,700 fans i 2017. Since then, the turnout has climbed to 2,400.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t posted numbers warranting a trip to Queens in September – he’s battted .217 with just eight home runs in 459 minor-league plate apperances – but he’s still one investment that’s paying off for the Mets.